Rafa Roundup: Nadal’s record 17 consecutive years in the top 10

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It’s already been a record-breaking year for Rafael Nadal—he won his 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, breaking a three-way tie with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to set the new men’s record for most Grand Slam titles in tennis history.

And today, he reaches another historic milestone: Nadal has now been ranked in the Top 10 of the ATP rankings non-stop for 17 years.

He first broke into the Top 10 as an 18-year-old on April 25th, 2005, rising from No. 11 to No. 7 after winning the first of his now-12 career titles in Barcelona. And despite all of his injuries over the years—he’s missed two Australian Opens, three Wimbledons and four US Opens since then—he’s never left the Top 10, not even for a week.

Rafael Nadal’s tennis academy in Mallorca made headlines recently after winning big at the Spanish Sport Awards. The Rafa Nadal Academy was honored with the Joaquin Blume Trophy for its work in promoting the sport of tennis worldwide. Joaquin Blume was a Spanish gymnast who died in a plane crash when he was just 25 years old.

“It is very interesting! Those two are the best in history, and now they are fighting for one of them to somehow prevail and be alone on that throne,” Rublev said. “In my opinion, they are both the best ever. It is important to see that they continue to enjoy tennis, and we will soon see what lies ahead.”

VIDEO: Rafa recalls his 2012 Barcelona Open triumph

Social media related to Rafa:

Rafa: “Congratulations to Carlos for the title in Barcelona! Also to Pablo for making the final. A spectacular week for both and for Spanish tennis that once again has a winner.”


  1. I would love to see Rafa win Madrid Rome and of course Roland Garros . I say even money if not for Carlos A . Let’s go Vamos Rafa !!!!🥁

  2. So it is officia! Rafa will play in caja magica. Stay healty and go to your goal: the 14 th franch open title. Tennis is not the same without you!!! Vamos chsmp!!!

  3. It is official! Rafa will play in Caja Magica! I hope he stays healty and to be focused on the goal: 14th franch open title… Good luck champ! Tennis is not the same without you!!!!

  4. Rafa better get back and win things quickly before Alcaraz becomes unstoppable:):)

    Stay healthy champ!

  5. How incredible!!! Congratulations and happy anniversary to our phenomenal Rafa.👏🥳
    Thank you for the excitements over the years, and best wishes the rest of your career.❤️

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